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Re: NMU for libkarma (Rio Karma tools)?

Le Wed, Oct 14, 2009 at 03:54:02PM -0500, Boyd Stephen Smith Jr. a écrit :
> On Wednesday 14 October 2009 15:42:21 Harald Dunkel wrote:
> >
> > I want to do an NMU _because_ the package is poorly maintained. libkarma
> > has to be rescued. There is no alternative to this package.
> There is a established procedure for taking maintainership for a package from 
> a non-responsive maintainer.  If you'd like to take maintainership, please 
> start that process.  In the meantime a suitable NMU should be prepared until 
> (if) you become the maintainer.
> If you don't have time, I wonder if this is a good place for collab-maint to 
> step in?

Hi Harald,

your NMU would increase the quality of the current package, but would not make
it better maintained, since it is de facto abandonned. Such packages are indeed
in danger of being removed from Debian. We have to be realistic and do what our
manpower allows us to.

If you really think that libkarma has to be rescued (and there are for sure
good reasons), but do not want to maintain it, just lead this package to a new
home, for instance as indicated by Boyd Stephen, and do not hesitate to ask for
help on this list. Such “QA” work is also really welcome and appreciated, as
bugfixing is. They are two sides of the same coin.

I hope this does not sound too bureaucratic, but this is a much more long-term
solution to a problem which is not that the package is outdated, but that it is

Have a nice day,

Charles Plessy
Debian Med packaging team,
Tsurumi, Kanagawa, Japan

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